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George R. R. Martin - Author

About the Author

George R. R. Martin published his first story in 1971 and quickly rose to prominence, winning four HUGO and two NEBULA AWARDs in quick succession before he turned his attention to fantasy with the historical horror novel FEVRE DREAM, now a Fantasy Masterwork. Since then he has won every major award in the fields of fantasy, SF and horror. His magnificent epic saga A Song of Ice and Fire is redefining epic fantasy for a new generation. George R. R. Martin lives in New Mexico.

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Featured books by George R. R. Martin

Mississippi Roll

Mississippi Roll

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/12/2017

Perfect for current fans and new readers alike, Mississippi Roll is an all-new, adventurous jaunt along one of America's greatest rivers, featuring many beloved characters from the Wild Cards universe Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin, Mississippi Roll features the writing talents of Stephen Leigh, David D. Levine, John Jos. Miller, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Cherie Priest, and Carrie Vaughn.

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A Storm of Swords

A Storm of Swords

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/05/2017

The third novel in the epic A Song of Fire and Ice series has been split into two books; the first part Steel and Snow continues to reinforce the reputation of this masterful conjurer of the written word.  Martin has the wonderful ability to make a living breathing world without a whiff of the fanciful; yet dragons fly and the Others are a terrifying menace that the majority of the realm can not even begin to imagine. You should be used to the unpredictable twists and turns that Martin is so skilful at composing, however he still has the ability to stun with his sudden change of pace.  You may well find yourself begging the author not to slaughter your favourites (who are not necessarily the most admirable) as surprises continue apace and characters you previously loathed with good reason, start to reveal hidden depths. Steel and Snow feels as though a towering and precarious set of building blocks is being deftly constructed, just in time to crash to the ground during the second part of a Storm of Swords; Blood and Gold.

Wild Cards: High Stakes

Wild Cards: High Stakes

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Since an alien virus swept through New York City, the world has changed. Those who survived were divided. The lucky ones transformed into aces - heroes gifted with extraordinary powers. The rest became jokers, tragically mutated and cursed with terrifying abilities. These days, the hard-bitten police of Manhattan's notorious Fifth Precinct - 'Fort Freak' - specialise in a very particular kind of criminal ...Officer Francis Black, vigilante joker Marcus 'The Infamous Black Tongue' Morgan and ace thief Mollie 'Tesseract' Steunenberg are stuck in Kazakhstan. The coldblooded Baba Yaga is forcing jokers into an illegal fighting ring, but her hidden agenda is much darker: her fighters' deaths serve to placate a vicious monster from another dimension. And when the last line of defence against this world weakens, all hell will break loose - literally. The Committee in New York sends a team of aces to investigate. One by one, each falls victim to evil forces - including the dark impulses within themselves. Only the most unlikely of heroes stands a chance of saving the world before utter chaos erupts. Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin, High Stakes features the writing talents of Melinda M. Snodgrass, John J. Miller, David Anthony Durham, Caroline Spector, Stephen Leigh and Ian Tregillis. Now in development for TV: rights to develop Wild Cards for TV have been acquired by Universal Cable Productions, the team that brought you The Magicians and Mr. Robot, with the co-editor of Wild Cards, Melinda Snodgrass as executive producer.

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A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2016

In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the North of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. At the centre of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a region of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavours to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

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Rogues

Rogues

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2015

Rogues is a meaty feast of a book, stuffed full of fabulous stories from some of the best authors around (George RR Martin and Neil Gaiman to name just a couple). This isn't just about science fiction and fantasy either, there’s some great mainstream contemporary works on show too. There are twenty one stories, proper weighty stories, full of content and some of the most interesting characters around. Once you start reading, it’s difficult to stop as the next story gives a siren call to dive straight in.  So…if you've always loved to hiss and boo at an irresistibly wicked and sometimes charming villain, this is the perfect book for you.

Wild Cards: Dead Man's Hand

Wild Cards: Dead Man's Hand

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/08/2014

A wonderfully old-fashioned whodunnit stuffed full however, (as you would expect) with quirks, peculiarities and eccentricity.  In a departure from the previous six Wild Card novels just two authors have written Dead Man’s Hand; George RR Martin and John J Miller. This allows a real insight into two of the more complex characters; astute private detective and ace Jay Ackroyd and the wonderfully enigmatic nat Daniel Brennan. Taking place in the same time period as Ace in the Hole, the majority of the focus for this remains in and around the gloriously freaky Jokertown, as Ackroyd and Brennan try to solve a murder from different angles. Slide a step to the side from the preceding books and enjoy this well crafted and stimulating read. You will understand so much more of the Wild Card world if you start at the beginning of the series with ‘Wild Cards’. You do not have to be a science fiction and fantasy buff to enjoy these books. George RR Martin has proven his more mainstream appeal with the ‘Game of Thrones’ TV series adapted from his ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. Recommended for anyone who appreciates the unusual and bizarre side of life.

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Wild Cards: Ace in the Hole

Wild Cards: Ace in the Hole

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/07/2014

This is a classic slow burner, it gradually gets it’s hooks into you and then rockets along to a cracking ending.  Set over a period of a week during the American Presidency campaign in July 1988, there is a definite political overtone, but you don't have to know how the system works to enjoy this novel. Feeling more focused and directly featuring less characters allows the storyline of Gregg Hartmann, hero to the Jokers (but a hidden murdering nightmare of an ace) to take centre stage. You may initially miss the brawling turbulence of the wider range of characters from previous books, but hang on in there as it gets good!  The Closing Credits at the end of the book is an interesting page as it features a list of characters and their creators. Dr Tachyon,  created by Melinda M Snodgrass has assisted Martin with the editing of ‘Ace in the Hole’. You will understand so much more of the Wild Card world if you start at the beginning of the series with ‘Wild Cards’. You do not have to be a science fiction and fantasy buff to enjoy these books. George RR Martin has proven his more mainstream appeal with the ‘Game of Thrones’ TV series adapted from his ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. Recommended for anyone who appreciates the unusual and bizarre side of life.

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Wild Cards: Aces Abroad

Wild Cards: Aces Abroad

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2014

A new ‘triad’ of books begins within the ‘Wild Cards’ series; set during 1986 and 1987, Nats, Jokers and Aces take a sponsored tour around the world to investigate the treatment of victims of the wild card virus. Focusing on particular endeavours, we hear voices clamouring to be heard in one country through to aspirations for total world domination in another. On board are a range of favourite characters and we are also introduced to some compelling and sometimes abhorrent new antagonists. The joy of this series is that although the Wild Card Virus is fantasy at it’s best, the characters are so realistic that it appears resoundingly normal and rational; villains are capable of sporadic moments of gentleness and idols can fall resoundingly off of their pedestals. There is a slightly disjointed feel to this novel initially, possibly because the cohesive setting of New York is left far behind and some serious country hopping takes place. As you get used to the differences however and the plot and pace builds, the different authors bring out the best (or worst) in their characters, so hang on to the fuselage of the ‘Stacked Deck’ and settle in for a wild ride. Although you could potentially read this as a stand alone story, you will understand so much more of the Wild Card world if you start at the beginning of the series. You do not have to be a science fiction and fantasy buff to enjoy these books. George RR Martin has proven his more mainstream appeal with the ‘Game of Thrones’ TV series adapted from his ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. Recommended for anyone who appreciates the unusual and bizarre side of life.

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A Feast for Crows

A Feast for Crows

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2014

HBO's hit series A GAME OF THRONES is based on George R R Martin's internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A FEAST FOR CROWS is the fourth volume in the series. The Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne. The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out, but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to life. The Martells of Dorne and the Starks of Winterfell seek vengeance for their dead. Euron Crow's Eye, as black a pirate as ever raised a sail, returns from the smoking ruins of Valyria to claim the Iron Isles. From the icy north, where Others threaten the Wall, apprentice Maester Samwell Tarly brings a mysterious babe in arms to the Citadel. As plots, intrigue and battle threaten to engulf Westeros, victory will go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel and the coldest hearts.   Song of Ice and Fire series:1. A Game of Thrones2. A Clash of Kings3. A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow4. A Storm of Swords 2 : Blood and Gold5. A Feast for Crows6. A Dance with Dragons: Dreams and Dust7. A Dance with Dragons 2 : After the Feast

Game of Thrones A Storm of Swords Part 2

Game of Thrones A Storm of Swords Part 2

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2014

HBO's hit series A GAME OF THRONES is based on George R R Martin's internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A STORM OF SWORDS: BLOOD AND GOLD is the SECOND part of the third volume in the series.     Game Of Thrones returns on Monday 7 April 2014 at 9pm on Sky Atlantic HD and Sky Atlantic +1.  Click below to view the official trailer.   The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud, and winter approaches like an angry beast. Beyond the Northern borders, wildlings leave their villages to gather in the ice and stone wasteland of the Frostfangs. From there, the renegade Brother Mance Rayder will lead them South towards the Wall. The men of the Night's Watch are ready for the coming of a great cold and the walking corpses that travel with it. But now they face a horde of wildlings twenty-thousand strong - hungry savage people steeped in the dark magic of the haunted wilderness - poised to invade the Kingdom of the North where Robb Stark wears his new-forged crown. But Robb's defences are ranged against attack from the South, the land of House Stark's enemies the Lannisters. His sisters are trapped there, dead or likely yet to die, at the whim of the Lannister boy-king Joffrey or his depraved mother Cersei, regent of the Iron Throne. Cersei's ambition is unfettered while the dwarf Tyrion Lannister fights for his life, a victim of treachery. And on the other side of the ocean, the last of the Targaryens rears the dragons she hatched from her husband's funeral pyre. Daenerys Stormborn will return to the land of her birth to avenge the murder of her father, the last Dragon King on the Iron Throne.   Song of Ice and Fire series:1. A Game of Thrones2. A Clash of Kings3. A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow4. A Storm of Swords 2 : Blood and Gold5. A Feast for Crows6. A Dance with Dragons: Dreams and Dust7. A Dance with Dragons 2 : After the Feast

Tuf Voyaging

Tuf Voyaging

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/02/2014

Haviland Tuf is an honest space-trader (one of the few), and he likes cats. So how is it that, despite being up against the worst villains in the universe, he has become the proud owner of the last working seedship, pride of Earth's Ecological Engineering Corps? We'll leave that aside for now - just be thankful that the most powerful weapon in space is in good hands, hands which now control cellular material for thousands of outlandish creatures. With his unique equipment and powerful spacecraft, Tuf is set to tackle the myriad problems that human settlers have created during their colonisation of far flung worlds.

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Other books by George R. R. Martin

Wild Cards: Jokers Wild

Wild Cards: Jokers Wild

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/03/2013

The first trilogy of the WILD CARDS series comes to a shocking conclusion in this superhero epic edited by bestselling author of GAME OF THRONES George R. R. Martin Amidst the fun and festivities of Wild Card Day there is an evil mind lurking, who hopes that the celebrations will go off with more than a band. The streets of New York have erupted in celebration of Wild Card Day - the annual event held every September 15th to remember the dead and cherish the living. It is a day for fireworks, street fairs and parades, for political rallies and memorial banquets, for drinking and fighting in the alleys. With each passing year, the festivities become larger and more fevered. And this year - 1986, the fortieth anniversary - promises to be the biggest and best Wild Card Day ever. The media and tourists have discovered the celebration, and taverns and restaurants expect record-setting. But lurking in the background is a twisted genius who cares nothing for the fun and festivity. The Astronomer has only one concern: destruction ... Featuring plotlines and writing from George R. R. Martin, John J. Miller, Lewis Shiner, Melinda Snodgrass and more, this novel wraps up the opening WILD CARDS series, while also setting the stage for future adventures.

The Armageddon Rag

The Armageddon Rag

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2013

Magic, music, drugs and rock'n'roll in an early novel from George R. R. Martin, author of A GAME OF THRONES One-time underground journalist Sandy Blair has traveled far from his radical roots in the '60s - until the bizarre and brutal murder of a millionaire rock promoter draws him back. As Sandy sets out to investigate the crime, he finds himself on a magical mystery tour of the pent-up passions of his generation. For a new messiah has resurrected the once legendary rock band Nazgul - but with an apocalyptic new beat that is a requiem of demonism, mind control, and death only Sandy may be able to change in time ...

Aces High

Aces High

Author: George R. R. Martin, Richard Glyn Jones Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/12/2012

It’s full steam ahead with the second novel in the ‘Wild Cards’ series; with more action, adventure, and a growing awareness of what’s hurtling towards earth. Again, a number of authors have contributed towards this novel, all aware of the storyline, all adding their own unique zest and zing. It’s 1979 and some of your favourites from ‘Wild Cards 1’ have returned. With slightly more emphasis on what’s beyond our own planet, this still feels as though it could easily be our own reality.  Although you can read this as a stand alone story, you will understand so much more of the Wild Card world if you start at the beginning of the series. You do not have to be a science fiction and fantasy buff to enjoy these books, George RR Martin has proven his more mainstream appeal with the ‘Game of Thrones’ series. Recommended for anyone who appreciates the unusual and bizarre side of life.

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George R. R. Martin Starter Pack 4-Book Bundle

George R. R. Martin Starter Pack 4-Book Bundle

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: eBook Release Date: 03/12/2012

The epic saga that inspired HBO's Game of Thrones made George R. R. Martin an international phenomenon, but there's much more to this versatile, prolific, and original author. In addition to the book that kicks off A Song of Ice of Fire, this eBook bundle includes Dreamsongs: Volume I, which showcases Martin's early writings; Fevre Dream, the acclaimed author's reinvention of the vampire novel; and The Armageddon Rag, a thrilling story of psychedelicand apocalypticrock. Spanning genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and suspense, Martin's virtuosic talents will surprise and delight even his most devoted fans. A GAME OF THRONES ';The only fantasy series I'd put on a level with J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings . . . It's a fantasy series for hip, smart people, even those who don't read fantasy.'Chicago Tribune In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As sinister forces mass beyond the kingdom's protective Wall, the king's powers are failinghis most trusted adviser is dead and his enemies are emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king's new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself. DREAMSONGS: VOLUME I ';The ideal way to discover . . . a master of science fiction, fantasy and horror. . . . Martin is a writer like no other.'The Guardian (U.K.) Gathered here are the very best of Martin's early works, including his Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awardwinning stories, cool fan pieces, and the original novella The Ice Dragon, from which his New York Times bestselling children's book of the same title originated. With extensive author commentary, Dreamsongs: Volume I is a rare treat, offering fascinating insights into Martin's journey from young writer to award-winning master. FEVRE DREAM ';An adventure into the heart of darkness that transcends even the most inventive vampire novels.'Los Angeles Herald Examiner Abner Marsh, a struggling riverboat captain, suspects that something's amiss when he is approached by a wealthy aristocrat with a lucrative offer. The hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua York doesn't care that the icy winter of 1857 has wiped out all but one of Marsh's dilapidated fleet. Not until the maiden voyage of Fevre Dream does Marsh realize that he has joined a mission both more sinister, and perhaps more noble, than his most fantastic nightmareand humankind's most impossible dream. THE ARMAGEDDON RAG ';The best novel concerning the American pop music culture of the sixties I've ever read.'Stephen King Onetime underground journalist Sandy Blair has come a long way from his radical roots in the sixtiesuntil he's drawn back by the bizarre and brutal murder of a rock promoter who made millions with a band called the Nazgl. As Sandy investigates the crime, he finds himself drawn back into his own past. For a new messiah has resurrected the Nazgl along with a requiem of demonism, mind control, and death, whose apocalyptic tune only Sandy may be able to change.

Wild Cards

Wild Cards

Author: George R. R. Martin, Richard Glyn Jones Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/11/2012

When you start to read you may doubt, as you get used to the set-up you may wonder, as you settle in you may find yourself well and truly addicted. Wake up to an alternative reality, where an alien virus turns the world upside down; death for most, survival for few, extraordinary afflictions for the Jokers, incredible superhuman abilities for the Aces. Different chapters are written by different authors (including Martin), however the world exists as a whole, as one, which leads to a fabulous range of distinct and diverse voices and viewpoints. A main character for one chapter, will pop up as a passer-by in another. You may well prefer some stories, some characters over others, however all, even the most abhorrent, feel so very real, this is by no means a fairy-tale world. Originally published in 1987, this expanded edition, following history from the end of World War Two, is a heavy-weight of a knock out. You do not have to be a science fiction and fantasy buff to enjoy this novel, George RR Martin has proven his more mainstream appeal with the ‘Game of Thrones’ series. Recommended for anyone who appreciates the unusual and bizarre side of life.

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The Lands of Ice and Fire

The Lands of Ice and Fire

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2012

A dazzling set of maps, featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, transforms Martin's epic saga into a world as fully realized as the one around us. George R. R. Martin's beloved Song of Ice and Fire series, which started with A Game of Thrones, is bursting with a variety and richness of landscapes - from bitter tundra to arid wasteland and everything in between - that provide a sense of scale unrivalled in contemporary fantasy. The centrepiece of this gorgeous map collection is guaranteed to be a must-have for any fan: the complete map of the known world, joining the lands of the Seven Kingdoms and the lands across the Narrow Sea for the first time in series history. But this is just one of many unique maps that aren't available anywhere else. There is an alternate version that tracks the movements of the series' protagonists throughout their vast world, along with more detailed versions of the western, middle, and eastern thirds of the world; a full map of Westeros, combining North and South; one of the Dothraki Sea and the Red Wastes; and the Braavos city map. And here, too, are fan favourites detailing everything from urban sprawl to untamed wilds: maps of King's Landing; The Wall and Beyond the Wall; the Free Cities; and Slaver's Bay, Valyria, and Sothyros. Never before has the entire scope of Martin's universe been so exhaustively and fascinatingly depicted. The maps in this beautiful, one-of-a-kind atlas will enrich your reading or viewing experience, provide another view of your favourite characters' epic journeys, and open up captivating new worlds - plus, they'll look great on any castle wall.

Dreamsongs 2-Book Bundle

Dreamsongs 2-Book Bundle

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2012

Even before A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin had already established himself as a giant in the field of fantasy literature. Now in one exclusive eBook edition are both volumes of Dreamsongs, featuring the very best of Martin's early works. This convenient bundle provides a rare treat for Martin's devoted readers, offering fascinating insights into his journey from a young writer to the #1 New York Times bestselling force of nature. ';Dreamsongs is the ideal way to discover . . . a master of science fiction, fantasy and horror. . . . Martin is a writer like no other.'The Guardian (U.K.) Whether writing about werewolves, wizards, or outer space, George R. R. Martin is renowned for his versatility and expansive talent, as demonstrated in this dazzling two-volume collection. Gathered in Dreamsongs: Volume I are some of George R. R. Martin's most time-honored tales, including Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awardwinning stories, cool fan pieces, and the original novella The Ice Dragon. Dreamsongs: Volume II contains acclaimed stories such as the World Fantasy Award winner ';The Skin Trade,' as well as the first novella in the Ice and Fire universe, The Hedge Knightplus two early screenplays. Featuring a dazzling array of subjects and styles, Dreamsongs is the perfect collection for both Martin devotees and a new generation of fans. PRAISE FOR GEORGE R. R. MARTIN ';Of those who work in the grand epic-fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best. In fact . . . this is as good a time as any to proclaim him the American Tolkien.'Time ';Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers.'The New York Times ';I always expect the best from George R. R. Martin, and he always delivers.'Robert Jordan

Fevre Dream

Fevre Dream

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2012

When struggling riverboat captain Abner Marsh receives an offer of partnership from a wealthy aristocrat, he suspects somethings amiss. But when he meets the hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua York, he is certain. For York doesnt care that the icy winter of 1857 has wiped out all but one of Marshs dilapidated fleet. Nor does he care that he wont earn back his investment in a decade. York has his own reasons for wanting to traverse the powerful Mississippi. And they are to be none of Marshs concernno matter how bizarre, arbitrary, or capricious his actions may prove. Marsh meant to turn down Yorks offer. It was too full of secrets that spelled danger. But the promise of both gold and a grand new boat that could make history crushed his resolvecoupled with the terrible force of Yorks mesmerizing gaze. Not until the maiden voyage of his new sidewheeler Fevre Dream would Marsh realize he had joined a mission both more sinister, and perhaps more noble, than his most fantastic nightmare...and mankinds most impossible dream. Here is the spellbinding tale of a vampires quest to unite his race with humanity, of a garrulous rivermans dream of immortality, and of the undying legends of the steamboat era and a majestic, ancient river.

Windhaven

Windhaven

Author: George R. R. Martin, Lisa Tuttle Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2012

George R. R. Martin has thrilled a generation of readers with his epic works of the imagination, most recently the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling saga told in the novels A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, and A Storm of Swords. Lisa Tuttle has won acclaim from fans of science fiction, horror, and fantasy alike -- most recently for her haunting novel The Pillow Friend. Now together they gift readers with this classic tale of a brilliantly rendered world of ironbound tradition, where a rebellious soul seeks to prove the power of a dream.The planet of Windhaven was not originally a home to humans, but it became one following the crash of a colony starship. It is a world of small islands, harsh weather, and monster-infested seas. Communication among the scattered settlements was virtually impossible until the discovery that, thanks to light gravity and a dense atmosphere, humans were able to fly with the aid of metal wings made of bits of the cannibalized spaceship.Many generations later, among the scattered islands that make up the water world of Windhaven, no one holds more prestige than the silver-winged flyers, who bring news, gossip, songs, and stories. They are romantic figures crossing treacherous oceans, braving shifting winds and sudden storms that could easily dash them from the sky to instant death. They are also members of an increasingly elite caste, for the wings -- always in limited quantity -- are growing gradually rarer as their bearers perish.With such elitism comes arrogance and a rigid adherence to hidebound tradition. And for the flyers, allowing just anyone to join their cadre is an idea that borders on heresy. Wings are meant only for the offspring of flyers -- now the new nobility of Windhaven. Except that sometimes life is not quite so neat.Maris of Amberly, a fisherman's daughter, was raised by a flyer and wants nothing more than to soar on the currents high above Windhaven. By tradition, however, the wings must go to her stepbrother, Coll, the flyer's legitimate son. But Coll wants only to be a singer, traveling the world by sea. So Maris challenges tradition, demanding that flyers be chosen on the basis of merit rather than inheritance. And when she wins that bitter battle, she discovers that her troubles are only beginning.For not all flyers are willing to accept the world's new structure, and as Maris battles to teach those who yearn to fly, she finds herself likewise fighting to preserve the integrity of a society she so longed to join -- not to mention the very fabric that holds her culture together.

Dying of the Light

Dying of the Light

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2012

In this unforgettable space opera, #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin presents a chilling vision of eternal nighta volatile world where cultures clash, codes of honor do not exist, and the hunter and the hunted are often interchangeable. A whisperjewel has summoned Dirk t'Larien to Worlorn, and a love he thinks he lost. But Worlorn isn't the world Dirk imagined, and Gwen Delvano is no longer the woman he once knew. She is bound to another man, and to a dying planet that is trapped in twilight. Gwen needs Dirk's protection, and he will do anything to keep her safe, even if it means challenging the barbaric man who has claimed her. But an impenetrable veil of secrecy surrounds them all, and it's becoming impossible for Dirk to distinguish between his allies and his enemies. In this dangerous triangle, one is hurtling toward escape, another toward revenge, and the last toward a brutal, untimely demise.Includes a bonus PDF with the full text of the glossary ';Dying of the Lightblew the doors off of my idea of what fiction could be and could do, what a work of unbridled imagination could make a reader feel and believe.'Michael Chabon';Slick science fiction . . . the Wild West in outer space.'Los Angeles Times ';Something special which will keep Worlorn and its people in the reader's mind long after the final page is read.'Galileo magazine ';The galactic background is excellent. . . . Martin knows how to hold the reader.'Asimov's ';George R. R. Martin has the voice of a poet and a mind like a steel trap.'Algis Budrys

A Game of Thrones: The Story Continues The Complete Boxset of All 7 Books

A Game of Thrones: The Story Continues The Complete Boxset of All 7 Books

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 04/07/2012

HBO's hit series A GAME OF THRONES is based on George R R Martin's internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has set the benchmark for contemporary epic fantasy. Labelled by Time magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world, Martin has conjured a world as complex and vibrant as that of J.R.R. Tolkien, populated by a huge cast of fascinating, complex characters, and boasting a history that stretches back twelve thousand years. Three great storylines weave through the books, charting the civil war for control of the Seven Kingdoms; the defence of the towering Wall of ice in the uttermost north against the unearthly threat of the Others; and across the Narrow Sea the rise to power of Daenerys Targaryen and the last live dragons in the world. Seasons one and two of the HBO adaption of A Game of Thrones aired world-wide to critical acclaim. The box set includes: A GAME OF THRONES A CLASH OF KINGS A STORM OF SWORDS, 1: STEEL AND SNOW A STORM OF SWORDS, 2: BLOOD AND GOLD A FEAST FOR CROWS A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, 1: DREAMS AND DUST A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, 2: AFTER THE FEAST

A Game of Thrones: The Story Continues [Export only] The Complete Boxset of All 6 Books

A Game of Thrones: The Story Continues [Export only] The Complete Boxset of All 6 Books

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 10/05/2012

The complete box set of George R R Martin's internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has set the benchmark for contemporary epic fantasy. Labelled by Time magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world, Martin has conjured a world as complex and vibrant as that of J.R.R. Tolkien's, populated by a huge cast of fascinating, complex characters, and boasting a history that stretches back twelve thousand years. The box set includes: A GAME OF THRONES A CLASH OF KINGS A STORM OF SWORDS, 1: STEEL AND SNOW A STORM OF SWORDS, 2: BLOOD AND GOLD A FEAST FOR CROWS A DANCE WITH DRAGONS The dimension of the box set is 178mm x111mm.

A Clash of Kings: Game of Thrones Season Two

A Clash of Kings: Game of Thrones Season Two

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2012

The second volume of A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. Now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, featuring a stellar cast. `Martin has captured the imagination of millions' Guardian Throughout Westeros, the cold winds are rising. From Dragonstone to Winterfell, chaos reigns as five pretenders to the Iron Throne prepare to stake their claims. As an omen of doom - a comet the colour of blood and flame - cuts across the sky, brother plots against brother, and the dead rise to walk in the night. War is coming, and the price for glory is measured in blood. A CLASH OF KINGS, Book Two of A Song of Ice and Fire, continues the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age.

A Game of Thrones: Graphic Novel, Volume One

A Game of Thrones: Graphic Novel, Volume One

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/03/2012

George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy masterwork A Game of Thrones is brought to life in the pages of this full-colour graphic novel. This is the first volume in what is sure to be one of the most coveted collaborations of the year. Now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, featuring a stellar cast. Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen's brothers Jamie and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister - the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms. Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki-whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.

A Dance With Dragons

A Dance With Dragons

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2012

HBO's hit series A GAME OF THRONES is based on George R. R. Martin's internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS is the fifth volume in the series. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance. In the east, Daenerys, last scion of House Targaryen, her dragons grown to terrifying maturity, rules as queen of a city built on dust and death, beset by enemies. Now that her whereabouts are known many are seeking Daenerys and her dragons. Among them the dwarf, Tyrion Lannister, who has escaped King's Landing with a price on his head, wrongfully condemned to death for the murder of his nephew, King Joffrey. But not before killing his hated father, Lord Tywin. To the north lies the great Wall of ice and stone - a structure only as strong as those guarding it. Eddard Stark's bastard son Jon Snow has been elected the 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, but he has enemies both in the Watch and beyond the Wall, where the wildling armies are massing for an assault. On all sides bitter conflicts are reigniting, played out by a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves. The tides of destiny will inevitably lead to the greatest dance of all...

A Dance With Dragons: Part 2 After the Feast

A Dance With Dragons: Part 2 After the Feast

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2012

HBO's hit series A GAME OF THRONES is based on George R R Martin's internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS: AFTER THE FEAST is the SECOND part of the fifth volume in the series. `Vivid, rich, multi-layered and utterly addictive' Daily Express. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance. In King's Landing the Queen Regent, Cersei Lannister, awaits trial, abandoned by all those she trusted; while in the eastern city of Yunkai her brother Tyrion has been sold as a slave. From the Wall, having left his wife and the Red Priestess Melisandre under the protection of Jon Snow, Stannis Baratheon marches south to confront the Boltons at Winterfell. But beyond the Wall the wildling armies are massing for an assault... On all sides bitter conflicts are reigniting, played out by a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves. The tides of destiny will inevitably lead to the greatest dance of all.

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